Prince Harry was rumoured to be planning a £50,000 hair transplant to combat thinning hair in advance of his wedding to Meghan Markle.
After the news emerged that Harry may be asking the Royal household for special permission to go through with the procedure, award-wining Trichologist (the medical science concerned with the hair and scalp) Steven Goldsworthy, offered Prince Harry some advice.
“If Prince Harry considered the hair transplant before the wedding, he wouldn’t see the results until 6-9 months after the procedure. It would perhaps be better to wait until after the wedding to avoid the operation stealing headlines.”
Goldsworthy goes on to say: “Once the process is complete, any new hair growth will fall out where the new grafts are placed, due to the shock of being moved. The hair then goes into a Telogen resting period – a resting phase when your hair is released and falls out.”
Steven Goldsworthy has worked with hair for over 30 years, and is a graduate of AIT (Associate of The Institute of Trichology), now working with hundreds of clients to combat hair loss, scalp disorders and alopecia.
He continues: “It then takes a minimum of 3 months for all new hair to grow back in. This can take as long as a year. Depending on the procedure, 90 – 95% of the new hair will take. Hair transplants are now very commonplace and will only become more so in future. It isn’t just for the rich and famous. Nor is it considered something to be ashamed of.”
This last statement is especially true considering the success of Wayne Rooney’s own hair transplant. It has also been rumoured that A-list stars Chris Martin, David Beckham and Matthew McConaughey have all undergone similar procedures. Perhaps most importantly of all, Harry’s fiancé Meghan Markle is rumoured to supportive of the Prince’s decision.
The price tag however, may not be so drastic, as Goldsworthy explains: “£55K is a lot of money, especially as Prince Harry’s hair loss isn’t dramatic. The price depends on how many grafts he will have. There are many pioneering transplant surgeons in the UK. Nobody has to travel to the US for these procedures.”
There may even be alternatives for Prince Harry: “Anyone not looking to undergo hair transplant procedures could try medicine first. There are a wide variety of products available to assist the health of your hair and scalp. Examples include Propecia – a prescription-only medicine that is used to treat male pattern baldness, and Florisene, a clinically supported formula to help maximise hair growth. However, if Prince Harry intends on starting a family soon, medication isn’t always recommended.”